Staff: Senior Mechanical Engineer

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) Project at Michigan State University (MSU) is searching for Senior Mechanical Engineers to join the FRIB Project Team. The successful candidates will produce innovative design solutions to accomplish the conceptual equipment requirements of the laboratory.

Major Position Responsibilities

•Designs and supports fabrication of physics equipment, research instrumentation and/or accelerator equipment.
•Participates in several projects simultaneously and is accountable to maintain schedules to meet project requirements.
•Responsible for leading and directing the work of support personnel.
•Understands sheet metal manufacturing and production methods.
•Experience in designing of thermal radiation shielding using fastening and joining methods suitable for cryogenic conditions a plus.
•Understands the design of vacuum chambers including the analysis of pressure loading, sealing methods, fabrication, leak test verification and validation.
•Experience in vacuum and radiation compatible materials. •Conducts heat load calculations and designs multilayer insulation.
•Leads design of cryogenic vessels and specializes in helium plumbing design requirements and methods.
•Analyzes pressure loading and material properties at room and cryogenic temperatures, static heat transfer with nonlinear material properties.


•A Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering is preferred.
•At least three years industry experience.
•Experience with CAD/CAE and SolidWorks/ANSYS is preferred.
•Experience with superconducting linac design or high power particle beam magnets and target equipment is desired.
•Excellent communication, planning, organizational and leadership skills to successfully accomplish our goals.

MSU employees receive excellent benefits including health/dental plans, a generous retirement plan, and educational assistance.

MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and person with disabilities.

For immediate consideration, email your resume and the completed conditions of employment form to or send your resume to:

Ms. Megan Lashbrook
Functional Lead, Human Resources
Facility for Rare Isotope Beams
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

About MSU and FRIB
Michigan State University is the nation’s eighth-largest university and has been selected by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to design and establish the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), a future DOE Office of Science national user facility ( FRIB is funded through a cooperative agreement with the DOE and will take about a decade to build, cost approximately $600 million dollars and adjoins the current National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL). NSCL is funded under a separate cooperative agreement with the U.S. National Science Foundation and will continue its mission over the next decade. NSCL and FRIB currently have over 380 employees. Michigan State University is located in East Lansing, Michigan, which is part of the greater Lansing area with a population of 450,000. The Greater Lansing Region is consistently recognized for its outstanding quality of life, diversified economy, skilled workforce, big ten university sporting events and abundant cultural events and attractions that makes the region an ideal location to live, work and play (

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.